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Tom Meek

Contributor, The ARTery, WBUR

Tom Meek is a writer living in Cambridge. His reviews, essays, short stories and articles have appeared in The Boston Phoenix, Paste Magazine, The Rumpus, Thieves Jargon, Charleston City Paper and SLAB literary journal. Tom is also a member of the Boston Society of Film Critics and rides his bike everywhere.

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Hypocrisy And Hubris: 10 Films That Reflect The 2016 Election

May 20, 2016
A still from the film "Weiner." (Courtesy of IFC Film)

Hitting the campaign trail has not been vastly explored in film, but when it has, it’s been done with biting satire or a telling inward look at ourselves, our society and how we value democracy.

Local Animator Karen Aqua Remembered In Retrospective At Harvard Film Archive

April 06, 2016
A still from Karen Aqua's 1982 short film "Vis-á-Vis," which is included in a program of the filmmaker's work on April 9 at Harvard Film Archive. (Courtesy Harvard Film Archive)

On Saturday, the Harvard Film Archive will show some newly collected works by the fondly remembered local filmmaker, Karen Aqua.

MFA Cinema Is A Window On The World, Diversity — And On Boston

April 01, 2016
Still from "Theeb," which will be co-presented by the Boston Palestine Film Festival at the MFA's Arab Film Weekend in June. (Courtesy MFA)

The MFA offers moviegoers of all kinds a year of films rich in cultural and thematic diversity.

Fear Of ‘The Witch’ In Colonial New England, Imagined Onscreen

February 19, 2016
A scene from the period horror film "The Witch." (Courtesy A24)

“The Witch” dips into a beguiling cauldron that suggests its director has a talent that transcends the horror genre, says Tom Meek.

How Tarantino’s Cinematic Gambit With 70 mm Paid Off

January 11, 2016
70 mm film at Boston Light and Sound. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

“I really wasn’t prepared for the stark scrumptious pop that overwhelmed me in nearly every frame,” film critic Tom Meek says when he finally saw Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight” in its intended 70 mm format.

Tarantino Is True To Form In ‘The Hateful Eight,’ Even If It’s A Lesser Cut

December 24, 2015
Samuel L. Jackson in "The Hateful Eight." (Courtesy Andrew Cooper/The Weinstein Company)

What’s ultimately served up is Tarantino channeling Tarantino with men of swagger waxing about the universe in pulpy poetic verse as tensions rise. It’s what you’d expect, but not quite on the same level as the auteur’s other seven films, says critic Tom Meek.

Frederick Wiseman On His Latest Documentary, ‘In Jackson Heights’

November 17, 2015
Still from Frederick Wiseman's "In Jackson Heights" (Courtesy Zipporah Films)

“I wanted to do a film on immigrants coming to the country now,” says Wiseman who impulsively decided on Jackson Heights after a friend took him around “and the cultural diversity just jumped out.”

Lights, Cameras, Kids: BIKFF Aims To Engage Next Generation Of Filmmakers

November 06, 2015
A scene from "On the Wing," which screens at the 3rd Boston International Kids Film Festival. (Courtesy BIKFF)

This year’s Boston International Kids Film Festival will feature 86 films from 12 countries — mostly shorts. The programming is two fold: films for children and films by children.

In Series Of Maverick Filmmakers, Harvard Film Archive Screens Pasolini’s ‘Salò’

October 23, 2015
A scene from Pier Paolo Pasolini's "Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom." (Zebra Photofest)

While “Salò” has the baroque luridness of a snuff film, it is social commentary with a blade and a purpose, writes critic Tom Meek.

3rd Time’s The Charm: ‘Steve Jobs’ Shines In The Hands Of Sorkin And Boyle

October 16, 2015
Michael Fassbender stars as Steve Jobs in a scene from the film, "Steve Jobs." (Universal Pictures/AP)

Working from Walter Isaacson’s biography, which Jobs had a hand in before his death, Danny Boyle and Aaron Sorkin created a film that feels as if Jobs planted the seeds to brand his legacy years ago.

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